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Offseason Decisions: Who to keep, who to add, etc. #608602
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They have personnel decisions to make about several players, but for now I'll stick with a few IF position decisions for 2021:

FP says Thames has been working with Kevin Long alot. So far: he has a .205 BA and a measly 2 HR's, and been so disappointing that Davey puts LH hitting Cabrera at 1B some games. Team needs to decide if Thames is worth paying $4 million in 2021, or exercise the $1 million opt out clause and let him go. I'd boot him and pursue Marcell Ozuna in the offseason for 1B, altho I have no intel on his glove experience/abilities at the position. Or trade Eaton and slide Ozuna into RF or LF.

RE: 3B & 1B next season -- Cabrera (.233 ba - .309 obp) is an UFA after the season, so there's that.

With the financial uncertainties about next season, wont be surprised to see the Lerners be cautious with payroll, and avoid big dollar guys like Ozuna. He's killing it for Atl this season.


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Hard call on payroll, it's a big risk in case fan attendance doesn't come back in 2021, on the other hand there will be bargains if the free agent market crashes.

Agree on letting Thames go or at least renegotiate him down to $2 million. I'd pick up Eaton's contract, even with him on the team we'll need to start adding outfielders for depth and for the future.

Hard to blow up a World Series team but in hindsight that would have been the best option, go young.

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No attendance this season, so to me the Lerners seem more hampered than other teams by a MASN-TV deal that is O's-favored--- have there been any news stories lately about this ?


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Anibal Sanchez turns 37 in February. Comes back next year on a $12 million dollar salary, but Nats can cut him loose this Fall on buyout option for $2 million. Send him bye-byes.

Need 2 starters please.


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They have Castro for another year and Garcia is doing well. They'll need to decide if Garcia is ready to be the everyday 2B. If so, does Castro play 3B, get dealt, or DH a lot?

Zimmerman will also have an effect on their decision making. Does he come back in 2021, and if he does, at his age, is he effective? Also, how effective will Ross be after such a long layoff?

They need some quality lefty hitters to balance the lineup. They have Eaton, Soto, and Thames, and Thames is having an unusually bad year. Remember when Cristian Guzman came here and had a horrible year? A couple of years later, he was an All-Star. Players regress to the mean. I would expect Eric Thames to be more like his career numbers next year. Will he do it in DC? If not, they had best find a decent lefty bat who can play 1B when Zimm doesn't. (Or do they try to teach Stevenson 1B?)

What can Carter Kieboom do? Is he really the superprospect, or have we seen what he's likely to do in the bigs?

Are Corbin and Sanchez the pitchers they were in 2019, or more like they are in 2020?

I'd look into Lance Lynn and I'd call the Angels about Bundy. And, as always, they will need to find bullpen upgrades.

There are some interesting players available. Here is a list of 2020-21 free agents:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/2020-21-mlb-free-agents.html


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Sign Robbie Ray, who started in the Nats' organization?


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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
No attendance this season, so to me the Lerners seem more hampered than other teams by a MASN-TV deal that is O's-favored--- have there been any news stories lately about this ?


Nothing recent that I've seen on the MASN case, last update was looking good for the Nats but I don't think that money has changed hands.

Another revenue stream for the Nats will be the new sportsbook. They were going to build it this year but I don't know the current status. So far just the one at the Capitol One Center is open.

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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
Anibal Sanchez turns 37 in February. Comes back next year on a $12 million dollar salary, but Nats can cut him loose this Fall on buyout option for $2 million. Send him bye-byes.

Need 2 starters please.



Right, need two starters and one better be an ace. Scherzer is still very good but not a Cy Young candidate and Strasburg remains injury prone.

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They have Castro for another year and Garcia is doing well. They'll need to decide if Garcia is ready to be the everyday 2B. If so, does Castro play 3B, get dealt, or DH a lot?

Zimmerman will also have an effect on their decision making. Does he come back in 2021, and if he does, at his age, is he effective? Also, how effective will Ross be after such a long layoff?

They need some quality lefty hitters to balance the lineup. They have Eaton, Soto, and Thames, and Thames is having an unusually bad year. Remember when Cristian Guzman came here and had a horrible year? A couple of years later, he was an All-Star. Players regress to the mean. I would expect Eric Thames to be more like his career numbers next year. Will he do it in DC? If not, they had best find a decent lefty bat who can play 1B when Zimm doesn't. (Or do they try to teach Stevenson 1B?)

What can Carter Kieboom do? Is he really the superprospect, or have we seen what he's likely to do in the bigs?

Are Corbin and Sanchez the pitchers they were in 2019, or more like they are in 2020?

I'd look into Lance Lynn and I'd call the Angels about Bundy. And, as always, they will need to find bullpen upgrades.

There are some interesting players available. Here is a list of 2020-21 free agents:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/2020-21-mlb-free-agents.html


I have low expectations for Thames or Zimmerman. Hopefully Garcia and Kieboom will continue to develop, otherwise we are in real trouble. Lots of turnover coming, we need Rizzo to find the right bunch of free agents because I think we are going to have to buy the next bunch instead of develop them.

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They have Castro for another year and Garcia is doing well. They'll need to decide if Garcia is ready to be the everyday 2B. If so, does Castro play 3B, get dealt, or DH a lot?

Zimmerman will also have an effect on their decision making. Does he come back in 2021, and if he does, at his age, is he effective? Also, how effective will Ross be after such a long layoff?

They need some quality lefty hitters to balance the lineup. They have Eaton, Soto, and Thames, and Thames is having an unusually bad year. Remember when Cristian Guzman came here and had a horrible year? A couple of years later, he was an All-Star. Players regress to the mean. I would expect Eric Thames to be more like his career numbers next year. Will he do it in DC? If not, they had best find a decent lefty bat who can play 1B when Zimm doesn't. (Or do they try to teach Stevenson 1B?)

What can Carter Kieboom do? Is he really the superprospect, or have we seen what he's likely to do in the bigs?

Are Corbin and Sanchez the pitchers they were in 2019, or more like they are in 2020?

I'd look into Lance Lynn and I'd call the Angels about Bundy. And, as always, they will need to find bullpen upgrades.

There are some interesting players available. Here is a list of 2020-21 free agents:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/2020-21-mlb-free-agents.html


I have low expectations for Thames or Zimmerman. Hopefully Garcia and Kieboom will continue to develop, otherwise we are in real trouble. Lots of turnover coming, we need Rizzo to find the right bunch of free agents because I think we are going to have to buy the next bunch instead of develop them.


Agree on Thames and Zimmerman, both unreliable. And re: Kieboom: Boswell hears that Trea Turner is like Rendon: likes the DC area but doesn't love it either. Turner's a UFA after the '22 season, so if he bolts it's worth keeping Kieboom around to see if he develops, or if Castro leaves after '21 season.


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